Update: Giant Princess (7/15!) + Riff Tiffs (7/17!) + Darkest Hour (7/17!) + Her Space Holiday + Black Mountain + New Featured Bands + More


Back at the keyboard once again, post-Grand Canyon debacle (which I will post about, btw, for those who give a crap; still trying to organize thoughts & force myself to actually type it up), and we’ve got two updates’ worth of new stuff up for all to ogle and admire and deride, as they/you see fit.

Anyway, first up I feel completely and totally compelled to mention that there’s this badass show going on tonight (Tuesday, July 15th, for all the poor fools who have no calendars) up at The Mink’s Backroom. Headliners are Sleepercar, which is Jim Ward’s (ex-At The Drive-In/Sparta) new band, plus excellently awesome locals The JonBenet, Buxton, B., and — most important to SCR at this particular juncture — Giant Princess. We’d like to emphasize the coolness of Giant Princess specifically, esp. ’cause we just slapped a review of their free-to-all self-titled CD-R up on the ol’ Website (courtesy of Jef “With One F” Rouner; thanks, Jeff!). No slight intended to any of the other fine bands playing, mind you — we like The JB and Buxton a hell of a lot and have heard very nice things about B., too. It’s just that being the ADD-addled people we (okay, I) are, we’ve gotta focus on what’s in front of us, y’know?

Which means this coming Thursday, July 17th, leaves my little brain in twitchy, spastic overdrive. Because not only is Darkest Hour — a fine, fine metalcore band from DC we here at SCR have been fans of for many moons (old-school interview Ruben did back in the day up here) — playing that night over at Warehouse Live with At the Gates, Municipal Waste, & Toxic Holocaust (about all three of whom: sorry, no clue what they’re like…), but the Free Press‘s Recession Thursdays thingy will feature mind-blowingly awesome local folks The Riff Tiffs as headliners, playing alongside Lisa’s Sons, longtime fave Pale, The Takes, Come See My Dead Person, & DJ Ceeplus Bad Knives.

And just so you’re not totally uninformed as to what’s going on, we’ve kindly posted two reviews for you, one of the Riff Tiffs latest EP, festival/snflwr, which you can pretty much only obtain from the band themselves, so pester ’em if you see ’em (I was too slow last time, myself, and they’d already run out of copies) and one for Darkest Hour’s latest, Deliver Us. There’re other reviews up, as well, like writeups of the new My Morning Jacket, Gallhammer, No Age, Sigur Rós (oh, how I loathe formatting Icelandic characters in HTML…), Pomegranates, & others. Check ’em all out here

While we’re at it, we’ve also got a couple of new show reviews on the site, writeups on the recent Her Space Holiday/Lymbyc Systym/We Were Wolves show at Walter’s (here) and the not-as-recent Black Mountain show at The Meridian back ’round SXSW-time (here). We’re very proud of ’em, and we’re slowly, slowly catching up with the slew of show reviews our indefatigable contributors have been cranking out lately. Y’all do good.

Lastly (but certainly not leastly), yours truly has been finally attempting to rev back up again on actually updating the “Featured Bands” list — I’ve kept a ton of deserving folk waiting in the wings for far too long to receive the dubious honor of having me blather about them on the Bands page. I’m working on rectifying that, so now you can read my quasi-insightful writings about local heroes By the End of Tonight, Deathbed Repentance, and listenlisten (sorry that one took so long, you guys!). More will come, I swear.

For now, here’s the list:

New Featured Bands: By the End of Tonight; Deathbed Repentance; listenlisten

Live Reviews: Her Space Holiday/Lymbyc Systym/We Were Wolves; SXSW Spills Over with Black Mountain

Reviews: Giant Princess; My Morning Jacket; Darkest Hour; Pomegranates; I Love Math; The Riff Tiffs; Sigur Rós; Gallhammer; Jordan; No Age; Driver Side Impact; Hello Tokyo; Eric Layer; Little Name; Pain Principle; The Gena Rowlands Band; Jet Black Kiss; Juhu Beach; The Oswald Effect; & The Soulshake Express.

Enjoy it, folks, & come on back…


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